Date: 26th December 2008 at 9:21am
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Which zebras are grazing on the Sincil Bank turf?

Unfortunately as the season has progressed we have failed to see much of an improvement in the quality of the officials in League Two. Perhaps it is just a general malaise afflicting the nation’s men in black but even when we had a Premier League quality referee, the infamous Stuart Attwell, things weren’t particularly impressive from him and his team. Any other decision aside, the non-penalty for Barry’s shove stands out above all else to confirm the difficulties this man has that were suggested in his well publicised Championship bloopers. Yet, where did Mr Attwell end up the following week? Officialling the Stoke vs Fulham match.

Anyway, for their visit to Lincoln City, the Bantams and the Imps will be watched over by Neil Swarbrick. As is usual in the matches involving Bradford City we seem to repeatedly get an official who regularly plies their trade at a higher level.

This is true for Neil who has refereed the majority of his games this season in League One. The last time he was in charge for either of the sides involved in this Boxing Day clash was last season. Taking charge of Lincoln vs Wycombe the home side emerged victorious and for the Bantams it was also a home win, the impressive 4-2 victory over Shrewsbury that did so much to kick start our season and point to the potential (for some never realised) of certain individuals within the team.

I guess that means the odds are on a home win. Although, if I understand it correctly that’s not what the bookmakers are saying (feel free to explain this whole mysterious world to me if I have got it wrong). Check out oddschecker.com for a whole comparison of the betting markets but the Imps are 17/11 to win whilst the Bantams are 15/8. A draw is the most likely outcome according to the bookmakers at 12/5.

Referee N D Swarbrick

is assistants MC Dexter and N A Hair

he Fourth Official A E Rayner